Whenever we’re talking ways to save money, we have to look at the most consumed items in your household. Learning to save money efficiently is a mind-set you have to get into. Consider what items you throw in the trash every day and make those items work harder for you!
Reusable Bags and Pouches
“I got these bad boys in last week and put then through the ringer with my 6 year old, and i am beyond impressed. I finally have a lunch bag that returns home NOT gross and full of leaked soup or pasta sauce. He can easily open and reseal the bags so there are no spills. The produce bags help keep my fruits and veggies fresher and organized, inside and outside of the fridge. And the adorable branded storage bags are so great for my work snacks and the clips are an added bonus, at least in my eyes.”Tiffany F – Verified Purchase
Silicone Lids for Food Containers
How many times have you thrown away food containers simply because you couldn’t find the lids? How about throwing away the lids and keeping all the containers you’ve already spent your hard earned money on! This does three things; organizes the scary container cabinet, allows you to free up space and keeps you from having to buy more containers. https://amzn.to/3aGJO0a
“I couldn’t wait to try my new lids on various tubs as I had heard they were great. Just yesterday I had a large rectangular tub full of marshmallows which I needed to cover. I went for the cling wrap but then thought of my new silicone lids – the second largest ROUND lid fit beautifully over a large RECTANGULAR lid, all spill proof and everything. I am absolutely delighted by these lids. The quality is brilliant, they are going to last for such a long time. I also love my little net bag and the sturdy beautiful fastener on it which can be used for so many other things apart from just holding your lids!”Annette L – Verified Purchase
One of the reasons I love Amazon is because of the Amazon Basics program. Easy to order, one less trip to the store and great prices! Amazon Basics has these great rechargeable batteries that will save you money! https://amzn.to/2O2B2jl
Meat Defrosting Tray
Hear me out. Has their been an occasion where you forgot to take the meat out of the freezer the night before and now you are stuck between something canned or take-out for dinner? Rest easy, this meat defrosting tray will have your meat defrosted quick. That way, you can skip the drive-thru and make your family a real dinner. https://amzn.to/2RsgNO4
“We’ve thawed a bag with frozen chicken breast, leaving it in the bag and turning every 10 or so minutes. We went shopping so couldn’t turn it but when we got home it was so nicely thawed we refrigerated it the rest of the day. We’ve used it on hamburger putting it in a Ziploc bag and sucking as much air of out of it as I could. It thawed the hamburger very nicely and quickly. It’s amazing!!!”L. Kelley – Verified Purchase
Motion Sensor Lights
I know my husband and I have been known to leave the back patio light on from time to time. It’s hard to remember to turn if off. With these handy motion sensor lights, you won’t have to remember to turn it off because it will turn off by itself. This in turn, saves you money! https://amzn.to/2Rt3XPB
“I have bought sooooo many Mr Beams products over the years and they are all perfect for their different jobs. These were easy to mount although I did have to set them a little higher than expected as the sensitivity is so good. Mr Beams do outside lights as well which are perfect for those areas where power isn’t available. I actually bought two packs of these lights, one for a friend and she loves these as well.”Saucy1 – Verified Purchase
Wool Drying Balls
These guys are amazing, I got some as a gift for Christmas a few years back. I thought to myself, “ya…great, I’ll never use these.” Wrong! They are amazing. I tend to over-stuff my dryer and then everything everything doesn’t dry properly. These little guys dry clothes quicker and also fluff my duvet. They are awesome. https://amzn.to/2RPSlFv
This sleek looking counter top storage container will keep your bread fresher and longer. If it saves food longer, it will save you money. https://amzn.to/37vGsLo
“We’re very happy with our breadbox! Don’t be fooled by appearances: it can take more than it looks. We stuff it with bread (two or three regular size bags of sliced bread) and keeps it fresh. I’ve even stored french bread in it without a problem. Worth the money and it looks good on the counter. The only problem was a slight imperfection (from shipping) in the back, so it’s not noticeable.”
Francisco Solareslarrave – Verified Purchase
This cute Compost Bin
If you’re looking to save money, you might consider growing some of your own fruits and veggies. A compost bin will save you a lot of money when it comes to fertilizing your garden. https://amzn.to/37uU5uu
“I’ve been using this bin for 2 weeks now, and I’m very pleased with it. This bin has had many stinky items deposited in it (fish skins and onion peels, to give you an idea) and we have not detected any unpleasant odors at all when the cover is on. That being said, the lid is a little tricky to put on, it has to be “just so”, but with a little practice it’s no big deal. It also is not too huge to keep on my kitchen counter, and it looks nice. (I got the teal one.) Would definitely recommend this to others.”M Mary B – Verified Purchase
Leather & Vinyl Repair Kit
Instead of tossing your sofa, give it a few more years of love. Clean it up and repair it with a kit like this! You can save hundreds! https://amzn.to/36tao9F
“So, this couch is only about 4 years old and still under warranty. I had this area professionally repaired a few months ago, and the finish started flaking more than ever! While the repair was free, it is a pain in the rear, so I tried this product! It worked awesome, looks like new! The brush that comes with the kit left brush marks, so I used an old soft artistry brush to apply. I also used a makeup sponge to blend at the edges and to fill in the smaller worn areas. Took three thin coats, drying in between to get it just right. When mixing, shiit for a slightly lighter shade, as it darkens as it dried. Time will tell if it holds up, but at least I have extra product left over if I need to reapply! Well, two weeks later, and the repair is still looking good! I am very happy with this product!”Solara Antonopulos – Verified Purchase
Don’t replace your counter-tops, paint them!
I actually bought this kit 2 years ago for my downstairs bathroom. I was worried about how it would turn out. I am happy to say, it looked beautiful and it still does. We really considered replacing those counter-tops and now we don’t have to! https://amzn.to/311PvBp
“I purchased the Giani White Diamonds Small Project Kit. I followed all instructions and it came out beautiful! I couldn’t be happier. This was a small project, but I have enough of all the products leftover to do at least 3 or 4 more this size.”Margo M – Verified Purchase
Here is my bathroom after using this kit!
Stained Glass Window Films
Back when I was deciding whether or not to replace my windows downstairs, I ended up deciding that I wanted to spruce them up. I get compliments on mine all the time. https://amzn.to/2TX1HSn
Here are my windows!
These handy little covers will cover the vents in your house that you don’t wish to heat or cool. Meaning that your thermostat won’t have to work so hard to heat or cool the rooms you’re in! https://amzn.to/2U5jjeO
“Not happy with my latest gas bill, I decided to close off some of my unused bedrooms. Found these. They don’t completely cover the whole vent, but I think that’s a good thing as I don’t want the rooms to be freezing. It leaves maybe a half inch on each side where air can come out. I’m sure you can get other sizes depending on the size of your vents, but these worked perfectly for me. They stick very well.”Stillerfan – Verified Purchase
I grew up with these all over my childhood home. My dad loves gadgets and he had these on most of the light outlets in the home. If you find yourself saying, “Turn off the lights, you think we own stock in the electric company?!” Than this product is for you. Little fingers rarely turn lights off. Also, it comes in handy with appliances that you don’t use while you’re at work but are always plugged in. Just set the timer so it doesn’t draw power and just like magic, your electric bills will decrease. https://amzn.to/2RPsjlS
Machine Washable rugs
It seems silly to toss a rug simple because its dirty. Lot of people do it though. You vacuum it, you spot clean it and if that doesn’t work, your unlikely to take it outside and give it a proper clean. With these rugs though, you can actually pop it in the washing machine. Good as new! https://amzn.to/3aKYv2k
“I love this rug. It is beautiful and durable. It is made of a foam feeling substance with the pattern printed on fabric. It is more like a mat than a rug, but as lovely as a rug. I have it in the front entrance way and it looks great!
We have one kitty who occasionally tinkles on new things (one reason I chose this rug). I usually fold certain throw rugs in half at night when she is out and about unsupervised. I forgot this one and she marked it a bit. I took it out to the garage to the laundry tub and it washed right off. No smell, no stain. Wonderful. Dried perfectly.
I highly recommend this rug/mat if you have similar needs to mine.”Connie S. Strickland – Verified Purchase
While this includes an initial investment, it is worth it. We used to purchase water bottles in bulk from Costco. Not only were they not cold when we got them, we had an abundance of empty water bottles in my home. Because, you know, I’m the only one in my house who knows where the bin is. With this, we haven’t bought water bottles in years and we get delicious; cold or hot water instantly. Depending your area, you may qualify to have Amazon deliver your water as well! https://amzn.to/3aELuHD
“Amazing product from BRIO, they never disappoint! Super clean and sleek design, which compliments the aesthetic of my home. Typical water dispensers have the water on top, which isn’t appealing. This dispenser keeps the water hidden inside. I love the fact that it can hold a three gallon or five gallon water. It provides room temperature, cold, and hot water. No more flipping the water and getting it everywhere, I just place it at the bottom and it does its own magic.”Arik B. – Verified Purchase